Friday, June 22, 2007
Well, wouldn't you know it, we have no AC. Our unit went out yesterday, so of course we called a repairman as soon as possible. We had high hopes that it was something simple, such as... just needing coolant or something being disconnected. Ah...but no such luck! The whole unit is shot. That leaves us only one choice: suffer until we can have a new one put in. Problem is, we can't get the new one put in until July 27th. So... I did what any self-respecting Internet nerd would do. You guessed it...I Googled "how to stay cool without an AC".
Here's just a few samplings of their expert advice:
1)Wet your wrists with cold water. Constantly cooling off the wrists will also cool off the body.
wow, I can do that!
2)Use perspiration to cool the body down.
Wait a minute, I thought the whole purpose was NOT TO SWEAT!
3)Wear a short sleeved shirt and put water on the sleeves.
now, that's attractive
4) Stay in a shaded area if possible.
I am not going outside just to stand in the shade
5) If you're in a house, get lower than the roof.
Not even gonna comment on that one
6) Turn off the stove or other sources of heat. Turn off your lamps, as well as your computer.
Stove, OK... Lamps,OK ....computer NOPE
7) Fill a basin with water and sit with your feet in it.
I'm definitely trying that one!
8)Ladies: Try a slightly wet tissue in the cleavage.
Then they had these Warnings:
1)Over-hydration is a possibility. Do not drink excessively.
2)A body temperature above 104 °F (40 °C) is life-threatening and if it reaches 113 °F (45 °C) you are approaching sure death. Seek medical attention if you are unable to sweat!
At 113 degrees, I would think that you would be more than just "approaching death"
And then there's my Favorite:
If all else fails, go to the mall, library, movie theater or some other air-conditioned public building.
Well, if the experts say to....
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
What are the longest three years of an Auburn football player's life?
.........His freshman year.
To Josh & Kelly
Why did Clemson choose orange as their team color?
.........You can wear it to the game on Saturday, hunting on Sunday, and picking up trash along the highways the rest of the week
(to atone for making fun of ALABAMA)
An Alabama fan was driving down a country road when he came upon an Auburn fan, a Florida fan and a Clemson fan hitchiking. He told the players to jump in the back of his pick-up truck. He then drove down the dirt road rather fast and lost control of the truck as they were going around a curve. The truck landed in a lake. The Alabama fan scrambled to the surface and swam to the bank. When he looked back at the lake, the Auburn fan. Florida fan, and the Clemson fan were still sitting in the bed of the truck looking frantic. As the truck began sinking the Bama fan yelled for the guys to get out of the truck, to which they replied,
“We’re tryin’ to get out, but we can’t get the dang tailgate open!”
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
1) Set up all the tents
2) hang all the lights
3) put up tables & chairs
4)set up: volleyball, badminton nets, horseshoe stakes, etc...
5) clean up the barbecue pit(house)
6) set up card tables for those anticipated games of ROOK
and many more that I can't think of right now.
Last year there were about 115( that we counted) people, yep...your heard right. 115 and that was a "down" year.
We cooked 60 chicken halves and 22 slabs of ribs, that was eaten that night!
The "big meat", Boston butts and pork shoulders cook all night and are ready the next day.
Everyone has a great time. We start around 2 or 3 and it starts winding down about 11 or 12.
Then the best part of the night begins:
The remaining few, usually immediate family, gather around by the open fire and just talk.
We talk about things we did when we were kids, we talk about things our children have done.
But mostly we talk about the ones we miss the most and how they would have loved being here.
We talk about past cookouts and hilarious incidents of the past. Then we get somber and many times tears have been shed talking about my Dad. This was his favorite holiday and he began many of these traditions. Oh... we've talked about taking a year off, going instead to spend the 4th somewhere else. We gripe about all the work it takes to pull it off, and vow to change it. We've talked about putting the meat on earlier so that we wouldn't be up so late. yeah...we talk.
But in the end I think we'll carry on the TRADITION.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
This is the 1st Father's Day without Uncle Avery.
After a death,
The 1st is always the worst: 1st Thanksgiving, 1st Christmas, 1st birthday and of course if you've lost a Dad....the 1st Father's Day. It does get easier, although it's hard to believe.
The first thing you do is think about the last Father's Day, and you wonder....Did you tell him enough that you loved him, did you thank him for being a wonderful Dad, did he ever realize how much his approval meant to you, and how grateful you were that your kids had such a wonderful Grandfather?
Probably Not....so to all those Dads that are special to us:
My Brother Greg, My son Jake, My brother-in-law Tony, My father-in-law Leon, My Grandfather, & Our friend Koz.
You are all wonderful Dads and Your Children and very blessed.
Love you all,
***** Happy Father's Day *****
Saturday, June 16, 2007
"Walk a Little slower, Daddy." said a little child so small.
Sometimes your steps are very fast, sometimes they're hard to see;
Someday when I'm all grown up, You're what I want to be.
And I would want to lead just right, and know that I was true;
Cody, 2 yrs old
Happy Father's Day!
Friday, June 15, 2007
And reachin' out to hold me, when I had a nightmare.
You could read quite a story in the callous' and lines.
Years of work and worry had left their mark behind.
I remember daddy's hands how they held my mama tight.
And patted my back for something done right.
There are things that I'd forgotten that I loved about the man,
But I'll always remember the love in daddy's hands.
Daddy's hands weren't always gentle,
but I've come to understand....
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Play begins at 1:00.
* After the tournament there will be a barbecue dinner and Trophies will be awarded.*
Sunday, June 10, 2007
At the Kosmicki's, I was excited about seeing Max & Cami because I had not seen them in a while. They all loved seeing and meeting Gabe. Max seemed to be especially drawn to him. I think he would love to have a little brother (hint, hint). After we had been there a while, Max ran inside and came back a few minutes later with a folded piece of paper and gave it to me:
Max: "Aunt B, this is for you"
I open it and it said, "YOU WILL LOSE"
Aunt B: "I will lose?" "What will I lose?"
Max pointed at Gabe
Aunt B: "Gabe?, you think I'm going to lose Gabe, I promise I won't"
Max nodded his head: "Yes you will"
Aunt B: "How will I lose Gabe?"
Max: "Cause, My mommy is going to take him"
Gabe and I also went shopping. We bought several outfits, Gabe couldn't make up his mind. He loved them all.
Then much, much too soon it was time to take him back to his Mommy and Daddy. So.. Max was right I did "lose" him. But the best part is, I will be seeing him again in about 2 weeks!
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Andrea- Jake's wife. Andrea is also a wonderful daughter-in-law. She and Jake both have a passion for the youth group in church. Jake is a youth minister and Andrea is supportive and is there to work beside him every step of the way.
Audrey-Oldest niece. Audrey may not "officially" be a woman at the tender age of 16, she is none the less a strong young woman. In a day when most 16 year old girls are giving their parents fits, Audrey has a strong moral conviction and desire to do the right thing.
These are the lessons I learned from the 4 women in the previous post that I hope these 3 can one day learn from me.
Aunt A'trice- Growing up, I probably stayed at my aunts house as much as my own. For the past few years she had been dealing with the fact that the love of her life (Uncle Avery) was slowing slipping away because of Alzheimer's. Uncle Avery died in November 2006 and Aunt A'trice was there as she had been for over 50 years.
Wendy- My sister. While blood may not connect us, our hearts do. Wendy is someone who overcame a childhood that would have broken the spirit of many, Wendy was not going to let that stop her from having a fulfilling life for her and her family.
Melody- My Sister-in-law. I don't know many people with a heart as big as this woman's. Melody is always there with a helping hand. The best part is, you don't have to ask for her to help, she just does.